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Former CIA Director John Brennan and former DNI James Clapper blasted President Trump on Friday night for directing Attorney General William Barr to declassify documents related to the surveillance of his campaign during the 2016 election, calling it “outrageous.”

“I see it as a very, very serious and outrageous move on the part of Mr. Trump, once again, trampling on the statutory authorities of the Director of National Intelligence and the heads of the independent intelligence agencies,” Brennan told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “And it’s unclear to me what Mr. Barr is actually going to do. Is he investigating a crime? Well, what’s the predication of that crime? Or he is just going to be looking for information… that Mr. Trump can just give to his defenders on the right and cherry-pick information that could be taken out of context?”

TRUMP VOWS TO UNCOVER RUSSIA PROBE ROOTS WITH DECLASSIFICATION CALL: ‘WE’RE EXPOSING EVERYTHING’

Brennan expressed concern about exposing “sources and methods” as well as the intelligence of “partners abroad.”

“This is very serious and I know that my former colleagues in the intelligence agencies are looking upon this with great concern and worry,” the former top Obama official stated.

He later said he hopes that DNI Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel will “stand up” to President Trump’s “unprecedented act.”

Brennan slammed President Trump on Twitter after the president shared a political cartoon mocking the former CIA Director, former DNI Clapper, and FBI Director James Comey.

TRUMP GIVES AG BARR AUTHORITY TO DECLASSIFY DOCUMENTS RELATED TO 2016 CAMPAIGN SURVEILLANCE

“Young people everywhere: Please do not emulate Mr. Trump’s very immature behavior. Find others of honesty, integrity, & decency to be your role models,” the MSNBC analyst tweeted. “And always try to do what you know is the right thing, even when doing what is right is both unpopular & difficult.”

Meanwhile, Clapper told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the “bigger issue” is “what exactly is the scope” of the declassification, whether it involves all of Russia’s interference in the election or just the counter-intelligence probe. He expressed similar concerns as Brennan regarding sources and methods being exposed and putting “people’s lives at risk.”

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Clapper, now a CNN analyst, insisted that the infamous Steele dossier was not used as sourcing for the intelligence community assessment in January 2017.

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Former CIA Director John Brennan and former DNI James Clapper blasted President Trump on Friday night for directing Attorney General William Barr to declassify documents related to the surveillance of his campaign during the 2016 election, calling it “outrageous.”

“I see it as a very, very serious and outrageous move on the part of Mr. Trump, once again, trampling on the statutory authorities of the Director of National Intelligence and the heads of the independent intelligence agencies,” Brennan told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “And it’s unclear to me what Mr. Barr is actually going to do. Is he investigating a crime? Well, what’s the predication of that crime? Or he is just going to be looking for information… that Mr. Trump can just give to his defenders on the right and cherry-pick information that could be taken out of context?”

TRUMP VOWS TO UNCOVER RUSSIA PROBE ROOTS WITH DECLASSIFICATION CALL: ‘WE’RE EXPOSING EVERYTHING’

Brennan expressed concern about exposing “sources and methods” as well as the intelligence of “partners abroad.”

“This is very serious and I know that my former colleagues in the intelligence agencies are looking upon this with great concern and worry,” the former top Obama official stated.

He later said he hopes that DNI Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel will “stand up” to President Trump’s “unprecedented act.”

Brennan slammed President Trump on Twitter after the president shared a political cartoon mocking the former CIA Director, former DNI Clapper, and FBI Director James Comey.

TRUMP GIVES AG BARR AUTHORITY TO DECLASSIFY DOCUMENTS RELATED TO 2016 CAMPAIGN SURVEILLANCE

“Young people everywhere: Please do not emulate Mr. Trump’s very immature behavior. Find others of honesty, integrity, & decency to be your role models,” the MSNBC analyst tweeted. “And always try to do what you know is the right thing, even when doing what is right is both unpopular & difficult.”

Meanwhile, Clapper told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the “bigger issue” is “what exactly is the scope” of the declassification, whether it involves all of Russia’s interference in the election or just the counter-intelligence probe. He expressed similar concerns as Brennan regarding sources and methods being exposed and putting “people’s lives at risk.”

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Clapper, now a CNN analyst, insisted that the infamous Steele dossier was not used as sourcing for the intelligence community assessment in January 2017.

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The frenzy surrounding Beto O’Rourke seems to have fizzled out.

America Rising, a top Republican opposition research firm, had been fielding a mountain of requests from political reporters on the Texan but says in the 10 weeks since he announced his bid to become the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, inquires about him have dwindled considerably.

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“The requests for oppo on him have completed dried off,” a staffer at America Rising told The Daily Beast.

A lack of interest could spell more trouble for O’Rourke in a heavily crowded Democratic field.

O’Rourke, himself, seemed to acknowledge the dip in interest during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

“I recognize I can do a better job also of talking to a national audience,” O’Rourke said. “I hope that I’m continuing to do better over time, but we’ve been extraordinarily fortunate with the campaign that we’ve run so far.”

Once at the top of Democratic watch-lists, O’Rourke is now registering in the single digits in several national polls. In the latest Fox News Poll, O’Rourke is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kamala Harris. He is barely edging out New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Julian Castro.

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An April Quinnipiac poll shows him tumbling from 12 percent to 5 percent.

It’s a stunning drop for the presidential contender who garnered immense media attention.

Despite his 2018 Senate loss to Ted Cruz, R-Texas, O’Rourke still managed to galvanize Texans, resulting in a massive turnout among first-time voters in some key counties. Supporters were still on board when he took the nation on a somewhat-aimless tour of America to find himself. In a series of posts on Medium, O’Rourke blogged about the sights, his thoughts and conversations he’s had with diners.

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Though his campaign is starting to roll out a new hiring initiative in key states and O’Rourke is hitting the media circuit more, some wonder if he’s fallen too far behind in the highly competitive race.

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Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said it is time for impeachment inquiries to be opened if former White House Counsel Don McGahn is a no-show to Tuesday’s scheduled congressional hearing.

Cicilline, a member of the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee, appeared on MSNBC and offered his reaction that the White House is instructing McGahn to refuse to comply with a subpoena to appear on Capitol Hill and the assurance from the Department of Justice that McGahn has “immunity” which does not legally require him to testify before Congress, something Cicilline believed was “legally incorrect.”

“Let me be clear; if Don McGahn doesn’t testify, it is time to open an impeachment inquiry,” Cicilline said. “The president has engaged in an ongoing effort to impede our ability to find the truth, to collect evidence, to do our work, and this is preventing us really from ultimately finding the facts and doing our work in terms of oversight.

“And I think we have now seen a pattern where the White House’s continuing effort to impede our search for the truth. No one is above the law, including the president of the United States and we expect Mr. McGahn to come before the committee and testify.”

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The Democratic congressman added that lawmakers are left “with no other choice” so that they can “actually get the information we need to make an informed judgment.”

This declaration from Cicilline was welcomed by his freshman colleague, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, who has been vocal with her calls to impeach President Trump.

“Let’s do this @davidcicilline!” Tlaib tweeted, adding “#TimeToImpeach.”

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Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for new elections on Saturday after the release of a video showing his far-right vice chancellor, Heinz Christian Strache discussing government contracts with an alleged Russian investor.

“After yesterday’s video, I must say quite honestly: Enough is enough,” Kurz said. “The serious part of this [video]was the attitude towards abuse of power, towards dealing with taxpayers’ money, towards the media in this country.”

After Kurz’s statement, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said he supported a snap vote and would talk over next steps with the chancellor again on Sunday, according to the BBC. The leaks had come within days before European Parliament elections.

MCDONALDS IN AUSTRIA TO SERVE AS MINI-EMBASSIES

The video, which took place at a Spanish villa on the island of Ibiza in 2017, appeared to show Strache and Freedom Party member Johann Gudenus speaking with an unnamed woman, who claimed to be a wealthy niece of a Russian Oligarch looking to invest in Austria. The BBC says the woman offered to buy a 50 percent stake in a prominent Austrian newspaper and switch its position to support the Freedom Party. Stache discusses several journalists he says would have to get “pushed” from the paper and five “new people whom we will build up.” In return, Stache said he would award her public contracts.

The chancellor attributed his actions to drinking, and to acting like a “teenager,” saying his behavior had been “stupid” and “irresponsible.” He mentioned he was leaving to avoid further damage to the government.

Both party leaders have attempted to create a balance between Kurz’s mainstream conservative party and Stache’s far-right Freedom Party, but over time that coalition has eroded, leading to Saturday’s boiling point.

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In a 52-45 party-line vote Wednesday, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The confirmation of California lawyer Kenneth Lee marked the first time neither home-state senator had returned a blue slip, a Senate tradition in which the home-state senator gives their opinion of the nominee, the Hill reported.

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Neither Sen. Dianne Feinstein nor Sen. Kamala Harris, both California Democrats, returned a blue slip on Lee’s nomination to the San Francisco-based court. Lee, 43, a native of South Korea, is a past special counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has long drawn the ire of President Trump, who has called it "disgraceful." (Associated Press)

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has long drawn the ire of President Trump, who has called it “disgraceful.” (Associated Press)

In a Twitter message, Feinstein cited Lee’s writings on race and civil rights as reasons for her opposition. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., agreed that Lee holds “shocking” positions on race and women’s reproductive rights.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., called Lee “a man of high character”  and a brilliant lawyer. The two attended law school together.

“Lee’s record shows that he is far outside the legal mainstream,” Feinstein said, according to the Washington Times.

Lee wrote in 1994 that gay people have a higher incidence of AIDS because they are more “promiscuous” than straight people. “Nine out of 10 people with AIDS are gay or drug users,” he wrote. He said he was “embarrassed” by that position during his confirmation hearing and that he had matured since then, according to the Hill.

In another article, he questioned why a woman would continue working for a man who had assaulted her “just so she can hold on to a part-time job.” In his confirmation hearing, he said at the time of the writing that he didn’t understand workplace dynamics, according to the Hill.

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Lee’s nomination marks Trump’s 40th circuit judge appointment since taking office.

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The eight-year-old impersonator of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, is back with a new video.

Ava Martinez poked fun at the freshman congresswoman’s Green New Deal, also showing off her brand new pink “electric car” in the short clip.

“Like, hello America, AOC here again, but this time from Washington, D.C., which is named after our country’s first president, George Washington D.C. Like, did you know that?” impersonator Ava Martinez began.

“I came up with my plan after we were watching, like, the most important documentary on climate change. It’s called ‘Ice Age 2: The Meltdown,'” the mini AOC told her fans. “That’s not me saying it, that’s science! My Green New Deal will cost, like, 93 trillion dollars. Do you know how much that is? Me neither. Because it’s totally worth it. If sea levels keep rising, we won’t be able to drive to Hawaii anymore!”

OCASIO-CORTEZ IMPERSONATOR, 8, TAKES ON GREEN NEW DEAL, SOCIALISM IN ADORABLE TWITTER VIDEO

The young actress then showed off what she referred to was her  “electric car” she bought as well as for her boyfriend, Riley Roberts.

“I just got this electric car. It’s eco-friendly. Everyone has to drive one under my deal. And that’s why I bought one for my boyfriend, too, Riley, using campaign donations. Well, you bought it for him. Did you know that?” she said.

After ordering her boyfriend not to speak, she told her viewers, “I do the same thing to [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer.”

Martinez made her big debut as the freshman congresswoman last month mocking her signature policy agenda, the Green New Deal, which she said she chose “green” because she’s “still learning” her colors.

“Like, in July, the climate was 96 degrees and in February the climate was 36 degrees. OMG, like that’s a huge change in the climate in”—the mini-AOC looks down to count her fingers—“only four months!”

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Social media users praised the impression as “pure gold,” with some suggesting Martinez would make a “much better Congresswoman.”

Martinez’s stepdad, Salvatore Schachter, told the New York Post that the 8-year-old’s resemblance to Ocasio-Cortez was noted amongst family members and thought that doing a video would be fun.

“I thought it would gain attention, because she’s adorable, but not like this,” he said of its over 1 million combined views across two tweets.

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The eight-year-old impersonator of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, is back with a new video.

Ava Martinez poked fun at the freshman congresswoman’s Green New Deal, also showing off her brand new pink “electric car” in the short clip.

“Like, hello America, AOC here again, but this time from Washington, D.C., which is named after our country’s first president, George Washington D.C. Like, did you know that?” impersonator Ava Martinez began.

“I came up with my plan after we were watching, like, the most important documentary on climate change. It’s called ‘Ice Age 2: The Meltdown,'” the mini AOC told her fans. “That’s not me saying it, that’s science! My Green New Deal will cost, like, 93 trillion dollars. Do you know how much that is? Me neither. Because it’s totally worth it. If sea levels keep rising, we won’t be able to drive to Hawaii anymore!”

OCASIO-CORTEZ IMPERSONATOR, 8, TAKES ON GREEN NEW DEAL, SOCIALISM IN ADORABLE TWITTER VIDEO

The young actress then showed off what she referred to was her  “electric car” she bought as well as for her boyfriend, Riley Roberts.

“I just got this electric car. It’s eco-friendly. Everyone has to drive one under my deal. And that’s why I bought one for my boyfriend, too, Riley, using campaign donations. Well, you bought it for him. Did you know that?” she said.

After ordering her boyfriend not to speak, she told her viewers, “I do the same thing to [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer.”

Martinez made her big debut as the freshman congresswoman last month mocking her signature policy agenda, the Green New Deal, which she said she chose “green” because she’s “still learning” her colors.

“Like, in July, the climate was 96 degrees and in February the climate was 36 degrees. OMG, like that’s a huge change in the climate in”—the mini-AOC looks down to count her fingers—“only four months!”

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Social media users praised the impression as “pure gold,” with some suggesting Martinez would make a “much better Congresswoman.”

Martinez’s stepdad, Salvatore Schachter, told the New York Post that the 8-year-old’s resemblance to Ocasio-Cortez was noted amongst family members and thought that doing a video would be fun.

“I thought it would gain attention, because she’s adorable, but not like this,” he said of its over 1 million combined views across two tweets.

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Newly-minted 2020 candidate Steve Bullock had a very difficult time on Tuesday explaining what his “proudest” achievement was as the Democratic governor of Montana.

Bullock is the latest to enter the ever-growing field of Democratic candidates striving to defeat President Trump in the 2020 general election, hoping to rely on his credentials of being a blue governor in a red state like Montana.

During a Q&A session, however, an attendee asked what was apparently a stumper, “What have you been proudest to achieve as governor?”

After roughly seven seconds of silence with an “um” squeezed the middle, Bullock proceeded with caution with his response.

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“I am happy that…,” Bullock said before pausing again. “Hopefully my kids still know my most important job is being their dad.”

“I think that things were… You know, as governor, it’s not like attorney general when you know you won or lost a case. Sometimes you won’t have impact for years,” Bullock continued.

“But, I know that 100,000 people have health care because of the work we have done. I know that we’ve done more… to try to keep the outside influence of dollars out of our elections so that your voice matters as long as you vote… more than some big treasury or company, I’m pleased with the way that we’ve invested in education, I think that’s one of the great equalizers we’ve had.”

Bullock may not be the last candidate to enter the Democratic primary. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is still mulling a 2020 run and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams keeps hinting that’s she’s considering eyeing the Oval Office.

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, doubled down on her controversial remarks about having a “calming feeling” whenever she thinks that Palestinians created a “safe haven for Jews” after the Holocaust during her appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Monday night, suggesting that she should be speaking to “racist idiots” at a fourth-grade level.

Last week, Tlaib drew backlash for comments she made during a Yahoo News podcast interview, where critics accused her of saying that the WWII genocide of six million Jews gave her a “calming feeling” as well as offering revisionist history for claiming that Palestinians welcomed Jews to the Middle East when Palestinian leader Grand Mufti Haj Amin el Husseini was actually an ally of Adolph Hitler and met with the dictator in 1941.

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Tlaib began by explaining to “Late Night” host Seth Meyers that her grandmother lives in the West Bank, which she referred to as “the occupied territories of Palestine” and how many of her ancestors “died” or “gave up their livelihood” to provide that safe haven for Jews, which she wanted to “recognize and honor.”

“I want all of us to feel safe. All of us deserve human dignity, no matter our backgrounds, no matter our ethnicity, no matter even our political opinions, we all deserve that kind of equality and justice. And, you know, for me, I wanted to uplift that and bring that to light and it was unfortunate,” Tlaib explained. “You know, I got a text from a friend who’s like, ‘Hey, next time, you know, really clarify. Maybe talk like a fourth grader because maybe the racist idiots would understand you better.'”

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“I will continue to speak truth to power and continue to uplift my grandmother through love and that’s all I can do is continue to share the human impact of what it means to be a Palestinian in the occupied territory,” the freshman congresswoman added.

Seth Meyers responded by saying it “wouldn’t hurt” if everyone spoke on a “fourth-grade level” about the complex history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also told Tlaib that there’s a “bad-faith argument” regarding the notioned that she was “calmed” by the Holocaust, but mentioned that there was a “good-faith argument” that her history was “not in alignment with everyone else.”

Tlaib was widely condemned by GOP lawmakers as well as President Trump, who accused her of “tremendous hatred,” and was widely defended by Democratic lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, who called the “smear” attempt “outrageous.”

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